Marc Ginsberg


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Marc Ginsberg spent his formative years in the Middle East (Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt) and was the first U.S. Ambassador of Jewish heritage to an Arab nation. Appointed by President Clinton, he served four years in Morocco (1994-1998).  Amb. Ginsberg was knighted by the King Hassan II—the first U.S. envoy accorded this honor.

Amb. Ginsberg commenced his government career as a national security legislative assistant to Senator Edward M. Kennedy (1971-1977).  During the Carter Administration Amb. Ginsberg served as the White House Liaison for Secretary of State Vance and as Chief of Staff to Special Envoy Gov. Averell Harriman (1977-1979).  In 1979 he was appointed Deputy Senior Adviser to President Carter Middle East Policy working extensively on the Camp David Accords and Israeli-Palestinian peace initiatives.

Amb. Ginsberg earned his law degree from Georgetown University in 1978. He practiced international commercial and corporate law from 1981-1993 in the U.S. and throughout the Middle East, specializing in bilateral infrastructure and commercial ventures. In 1981, he also became one of the co-founders of Sutton Place Gourmet (now Balduccis), one of America’s largest gourmet food retail emporiums.

In 1993, Amb. Ginsberg served as Deputy Press Secretary to President Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, and co-national security director for Vice President Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign.

Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he was co-founder and President of Layalina Arab television productions ( – the first U.S. Arab language television production company serving the Middle East chaired by former President George H.W. Bush.

Currently, Amb. Ginsberg serves as Senior Global Counselor to the Counter Extremism Project, based in New York (, whose mission is to intercept and facilitate the removal of radical Islamist incitement and other forms of extremist content from social media.

Amb. Ginsberg appears regularly on all U.S. television and radio networks, including MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, Sirius XM POTUS, Fox Business News, Bloomberg TV and WTOP Radio in Washington, D.C.  Fluent in several Middle East languages he also is a commentator on BBC, France 24, as well as Arab and Israeli media outlets.  Amb. Ginsberg serves as an informal counter-terrorism and Middle East adviser to Democratic and Republican members of Congress and testifies often before key House and Senate Committees on U.S. foreign and national security policy in the Middle East.